Posted by: TheAuthor | 23/10/2011

Day 37 – Philadelphia

Driving to Philadelphia turned out to be a bit more of a challenge than had been anticipated, especially when we started to drive through the Bronx at the edge of New York (remember we are coming from Boston avoiding tolls where possible). As I drove through this area, with iron supporting columns for the subway lining the streets, I was reminded of an equally chaotic area to drive in Az Zubayr, Iraq. Many things were similar; bad road markings; people walking across the road seemingly at random; terrible pot holes and bumps in the road; and cars travelling at any speed and darting anywhere they want on the road.

The city itself was beautiful. After parking up and discovering an area strewn with large monopoly and bingo pieces opposite city hall, we went towards the ‘Rocky Steps’ at the art gallery. The road leading to it has almost every national flag you can think of flying from lamp posts, making the strip even more attractive to walk down.

The statue of Rocky, from the films, is now located at the base of the steps rather than at the top.

If you have seen the films, as most people have by now, you will remember that in training Rocky runs up these steps at the end of his jog around the city. In honour if this, Shell and myself replicated these moments and celebrated at the peak before the entrance to the Art Gallery.

As lunchtime drew in Shell wanted to spend some time shopping and, as it wasn’t quite my cup of tea, we decided to meet up a few hours later on for dinner. I decided to walk south for a short while and eventually discovered a street festival for Oktoberfest, music was playing and people hung out in the streets enjoying themselves.

Moving through I now moved east, towards the historic waterfront and it’s mast ships still docked there. Time wasn’t on my side at this moment so I didn’t cross the I-95 road in my way, or divert to a crosswalk over. Instead I went to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall (where it once hung) to see these monumental pieces of American history; unfortunately I couldn’t go inside for a tour.

I walked back to the monopoly pieces, our agreed meeting point before dinner, via any street that took my fancy. Philadelphia is a beautiful city to walk around; little points of intrigue can be found almost everywhere. So much to see, far too much for a single day trip. But, as part of our agreement to go to Newfoundland some things had to be cut out from our road trip, such as a second day in Philadelphia. In honour of our visit we went for a traditional Philly cheese steak nearby on Walnut Street, Shell opted for the small Calzone and ended up with something bigger than the width of her body. Even still, both tasted incredible and satisfied our appetites until the next morning.

Trip Statistics:

Tim Horton’s Stops – 16

Alternate Coffee Stops – 2

States Driven Through – Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut

Kilometres driven – 548km

Total Canadian Kilometres driven – 11,499km

Total distance driven – 12,983km

Car faults – Found out Speedometer is inaccurate by 10kph

– Speakers starting to refuse to operate

– Tail Light Casing Broken

– Console Handbrake light always ‘on’

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